LOS ANGELES—Fifty years ago, the dream of a united Armenian church, combining the Gethsemanie, Masis, and Valley churches, was realized in the formation of The United Armenian Congregational Church—UACC—forming the largest Armenian Evangelical Church in the world.
The impetus was a group of young people from the Gethsemanie and Masis churches who approached their leadership requesting the combining of their two churches. The Valley church soon joined. Their vision resulted in the formation of The United Armenian Congregational Church.
Their ambitious dream, UACC, has been the hub of Armenian Evangelical family life in the Los Angeles area for half a century. A formidable roster of ministers and youth pastors has shepherded generations of Armenians Evangelicals. This church has commissioned the outreach of many missions, Armenian and otherwise—supporting missionaries from own their flock in various countries.
Beginning as a very traditional Armenian Evangelical Church in 1963, serving these three former congregations, plus many Armenian families immigrating from the Middle East and elsewhere, UACC has evolved over the years. It now includes a 9 a.m. Contemporary Service, led by Rev. Jason Matossian, replete with a Praise Band, attracting many young families. The 11:15 a.m. service led by Senior Pastor Ron Tovmassian, provides families with a more traditional worship experience. Pastor Haig Darakjian and Searan Kiledjian augment the outreach. Bible studies have always been a mainstay, reaching out to different age groups. The music program, in various forms, has always played a great part in the church’s life.
The Jubilee 50th Banquet celebration, on October 27, will begin with a reception on the hotel Terrace. It will feature various musical groups of the church who will invite the guests to sing along as they mingle with friends enjoying delicious Armenian appetizers by Robert’s Catering. All are invited to share in this meaningful celebration.
For information, call 323-851-5265. Tickets are $85. Sponsorships are encouraged.